Chris graduated from Colgate University with a BA in History in 1992. Following graduation, Chris joined Morgan Stanley where he worked as a generalist fixed income salesperson for sixteen years. In 2009, Chris left Morgan Stanley for Pali Capital where he oversaw fixed income sales for the firm. In 2010, Chris joined MPS Fixed Income to sell high grade corporate bonds and structured credit products. In 2012, Chris joined SumRidge Partners to enhance our presence among middle market, institutional, and broker dealer accounts, both domestically and abroad.
After graduating with a degree in Finance from the Villanova School of Business in 2001, Chris began his career on the Morgan Stanley fixed income trading desk as a generalist salesman, covering high net worth private banking accounts. In 2005, Chris transitioned into a research analyst role on the corporate bond trading desk, analyzing investment grade and high yield credits. In May 2011, Chris joined SumRidge Partners to start the sales desk, focusing specifically on institutional and private banking accounts. Chris has extensive expertise across all asset classes within fixed income, with a concentrated interest in high yield corporate bonds. Given his analytical and sales background, Chris is able to identify attractive opportunities within the credit markets, and deliver that content to our client base. In addition to his sales responsibilities, Chris authors trading desk commentary on a weekly basis.
Brian graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University in 2009. Before joining SumRidge Partners, Brian worked as a Vice President in Investment Grade/High Yield Credit Sales at Imperial Capital providing coverage to Asset Managers, Hedge Funds, Insurance Funds, and Private Banks. In 2015, he joined Brean Capital as a Senior Vice President in Credit Sales. Brian left Brean Capital at the end of 2016 to join SumRidge Partners to help grow their Institutional presence, with a focus on Hybrid capital.
Eric earned a BS in Business Management from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in 2010. Following graduation, Eric began his career at BNP Paribas on its Fixed Income Credit Trading desk as an institutional salesman. Eric left BNP at the beginning of 2014 to join SumRidge Partners to help grow the sales effort, with a focus on investment grade institutional accounts.
Kevin graduated from the University of Scranton in 2007. Following graduation, Kevin began his career in the IB analyst program at Bear Stearns. After transitioning over to JPMorgan, Kevin worked in the fixed income Purchase & Sales department for 5 years, before spending a year working in mutual funds support. Kevin joined SumRidge Partners in 2012 to work on middle office/operations functionality, before transitioning over to sales in late 2013. He currently works on the corporate bond sales desk, working to enhance our market presence with many of our broker dealer and wealth management accounts, both domestically and abroad.
Michael DiAgostino graduated from the University of New York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997. Following graduation, Michael was hired by Morgan Stanley as an analyst in their taxable fixed income trading department where he provided comprehensive marketing and trading support to MS Financial Advisors. In 2001, Michael was promoted to a sales manager role where he oversaw a 32 person fixed income sales team which covered Morgan Stanley’s diverse network of financial advisors. In 2006, Michael left management to join the fixed income portfolio strategy group where he constructed and analyzed high net worth fixed income and cash management portfolios. Michael joined SumRidge Partners in 2011 as a member of the sales team, focusing primarily on our independent financial advisor client base.
Charles Paksi earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin in 2000 and a MBA from NYU in 2013. Following graduation from the UW Business School, FactSet Research Systems hired him as an institutional salesman to investment banking clients in the Southeast and Midwest. In 2006, Charles joined UBS Global Asset Management as a wholesaler to UBS Advisors in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest territories. In 2012, Charles moved to SEI as a Relationship Manager to the largest RIA and independent broker dealer relationships in the New York metropolitan area. Charles joined SumRidge Partners in 2015 as the Business Development Officer to the Independent Financial Advisor space. Charles is also a Veteran of three combat tours and continues to serve in the Reserve as an Infantry Officer.
Jim graduated from Cook College, Rutgers University with a BS in Business Economics in 1986. In 1991, he earned his MBA in Finance from the Lubin School of Business, Pace University.
Jim started his professional career in the management trainee program at Bear Stearns, where he joined the institutional high yield bond desk in 1988. He has been an institutional high yield bond salesman for 20+ years, at various firms including Prudential Securities, Bank of Montreal, Samco Capital, and most recently at CIBC.
Jim joined SumRidge Partners sales team in June 2016 focusing on high yield securities.
In 2012, Lauren graduated Cum Laude from the Villanova School of Business with a BS in Finance and a minor in Real Estate. Lauren is an analyst on the sales team, focusing on providing coverage to the RIA and independent broker dealer wealth management community.
Chris graduated from the Villanova School of Business in 2004 with a degree in finance. He began his career at Merrill Lynch and joined the Municipal Capital Markets group in 2006. He spent 7 years building a network of institutional and dealer relationships for both the new issue and secondary municipal bond market, with a focus on the high yield sector. Chris joined SumRidge in 2013 to head the institutional muni sales effort.
Brandon graduated from Middlebury College in 2014, earning a B.A. in Economics. Brandon joined SumRidge partners as an operations analyst and moved to the Sales Team in 2016 where he uses his analytical and quantitative skill set to help support the Municipal Bond Sales team.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Scranton with degrees in both Economics and Philosophy, Ryan began his career on the fixed income general sales desk at Morgan Stanley. Shortly after, Ryan was promoted to be a trading desk analyst on the corporate bond trading desk. After sharpening his analytical skill set, Ryan transitioned into various trading seats, including a proprietary trading book of high yield corporate bonds and institutional preferred securities. In 2011, Ryan left Morgan Stanley to join SumRidge Partners to trade high yield corporate bonds and institutional preferred securities (hybrids). In addition to his trading responsibilities, Ryan is also a member of the SumRidge management team, overseeing all trading for the firm, as well as written content. Ryan is a member of the company’s risk committee and shares responsibility in developing, monitoring, and maintaining firm risk limits.
John earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University in 2001. Following graduation, John was hired as a unix systems developer in Lehman Brothers’ analyst program. After three years at Lehman, John transitioned into a fixed income generalist sales role with UBS Wealth Management. In 2006, John joined Deutsche Bank as a Vice President fixed income sales trader, working with high net worth clients. John joined SumRidge Partners in 2010, bringing roughly ten years of industry experience with him in technology, sales, and trading capacities. John currently trades the TMT and Gaming/Leisure high yield book for SumRidge. John is also a CFA charter holder and member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.
Dallas graduated from Villanova University in 2012 with a degree in Finance, while also captaining the Villanova Basketball team. Dallas currently trades the healthcare and homebuilders high yield book for SumRidge.
Kieran earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College in 2000. He began his finance career at Morgan Stanley where he spent eight years in various fixed income sales and trading capacities, culminating with trading positions covering both the Industrial and TMT sectors for institutional, middle market, and high net worth clients. Following Morgan Stanley, Kieran assumed similar trading roles at Pali Capital, MPS Fixed Income, and Knight Capital before joining SumRidge Partners in March 2013. Currently, Kieran trades the investment grade TMT, Insurance, and Auto book for SumRidge.
Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Nebraska in 2003. Following graduation, Ben began his career as an investment grade trader at Arbor Research & Trading in Chicago. After a few years, Ben moved to Arbor’s London office where he focused on non-dollar credit as well as rates trading. In 2007, Ben transitioned to the buy-side as the credit sector manager at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. Ben was responsible for managing credit opportunity portfolios and mutual funds, as well as overseeing corporate bond trading. Ben joined SumRidge in 2011, and currently trades the investment grade Industrials book for SumRidge.
Mark graduated from Boston University in 1991 and went on to play in the American Hockey League for ten years before joining Morgan Stanley in 2001. Mark spent the bulk of his career at Morgan Stanley, trading corporate bonds with retail and middle market accounts. Over the years, Mark managed a large balance sheet of risk, predominantly in both financial and automotive bonds. In 2009, Mark joined Pali Capital where he served in a similar capacity. The following year, Mark joined MPS fixed income where he traded bank and finance names with maturities of seven years or less. In 2012, Mark joined SumRidge Partners to trade the bank and financial sector, bringing over ten years of trading experience to our desk.
Arlen earned his BA in Economics with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from Vanderbilt University in 2008. After graduation, Arlen began his trading career at BNP Paribas, trading Yankee bank securities and Hybrids. Arlen left BNP in 2012 to join SumRidge Partners to trade Yankee banks,Retailers, REITs, and Utilities on the investment grade credit desk.
Miguel trades Emerging Market and Non-USD denominated fixed income, focusing on Latin American Credit. Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley in various roles within Wealth Management Fixed Income, including trading, structured note origination, as an interest rate product specialist, as well as a general bond salesperson. Miguel graduated from Boston College with a Bachelors of Science in Management and dual concentrations in Finance and Economics. Miguel was born in Argentina and spent most of his summers growing up in Mexico.
Bryan graduated from Lehigh University in 1997. Following graduation, Bryan spent six years at Merrill Lynch in the Municipal Capital Markets banking group, originating inverse floater deals backed by municipal housing debt. In 2003, he switched to mortgages, joining Opteum Financial Services as a new deal banker, structuring RMBS deals backed by non-agency mortgage loans. In 2006, he joined UBS to help start their mortgage lending and securitization business as a trader of the whole loan book, while also structuring new RMBS deals. In 2008, Bryan joined Mortgage Industry Advisory Corporation to provide valuation services for non-agency loan pools and bonds that clients held. In 2009, he joined the Muni Center to help expand their riskless trading platform into the mortgage bond space. Bryan joined SumRidge Partners in 2012 to start a principal based RMBS trading desk, holding an inventory of non-agency RMBS, and trading in various mortgage assets including agency MBS, CMOs and CMBS.
Justin graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Scranton in 2010 with a degree in Economics. Justin manages the Northwest municipal bond trading book and also authors Municipal Market Commentary twice a day, highlighting trends and voicing desk opinions on various states, credits, and themes in the municipal market.
Bobby earned a BS in Marketing and International Business with minors in Information Systems and Statistical Analysis and International Studies from Penn State University in 2003, as well as an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Fordham University in 2012. Following the completion of his undergraduate degrees, Bobby worked as a Risk Analyst at Marsh and McLennan Companies. Bobby left MMC in 2005 to join Merrill Lynch as a member of the municipal derivatives trading desk, where he started out as a trading assistant and eventually worked his way up to trading for the proprietary book. Eventually, Bobby moved over to the high grade municipal trading desk at Merrill Lynch in 2009, focusing primarily on East coast states. After almost nine years at Merrill Lynch, Bobby joined SumRidge Partners in 2014 to trade municipal bonds in the Northeast, as well as the Syndicate trading book.
Jim graduated with a degree in Political Science from Middlebury College in 1994. Jim brings fourteen years of experience as an Institutional Salesman and Sales Manager, having worked at Morgan Stanley and Piper Jaffray. In 2010, Jim changed roles and began a career as a municipal bond trader, concentrating on taxable municipals and Build America Bonds, as well as bonds issued from middle Atlantic states.
Dan started at SumRidge Partners after graduating from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2011 with a Bachelors of Engineering, with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering. Dan currently manages the South East book on the municipal trading desk.
Marvin graduated Cum Laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2007, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business, with dual concentrations in Finance and Accounting. He began his career as a Research Associate at Franklin Templeton in their High Yield Corporate division and was most recently an Analyst at Zazove Associates, an investment advisory firm focused on convertible securities. Marvin joined SumRidge Partners in 2014, bringing seven years of research experience in investment grade, high yield, and convertible bonds. Marvin is a CFA charter holder and member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.
Joe graduated from the University of Scranton in 2013 earning a B.S. in Finance, Joe is currently a credit analyst for the corporate trading desk, focused on the investment grade and high yield space.
Rebecca graduated with a degree in Computer Science. Following graduation, Rebecca began her career in systems development at Thompson McKinnon and ADP, where she worked with the NYSE floor specialists to build order match and routing systems. Rebecca spent over 20 years at Morgan Stanley where she worked on the front office and back office technology. Some of the projects were broker workstation automation for wealth advisors, equity and fixed income electronic trading systems, and web-based online trading systems for individual investors. Rebecca joined SumRidge Partners’ management team in 2010 with responsibility for technology, operations, and administration.
After graduating from SUNY at Stony Brook with a PhD in Physics and Master in Computer Science (and post-doc work at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), John was hired as a senior programmer to develop TheKnot.com website and later joined Morgan Stanley to build out their retail fixed income e-trading and risk systems. After ten years at Morgan Stanley, John spent a brief time enhancing Value-at-Risk systems at HSBC before joining SumRidge Partners in 2011 to play a senior role in the SumRidge technology team.
Xindong graduated from UCONN with a M.S. degree in Electrical and System Engineering. Following graduation, Xindong began his career in software development at Bristol Technology and BEA Systems, working on cross-platform software development. In 2004, Xindong joined the NextGen team at Smith Barney as a senior developer and worked on Report Center and Household Dashboard. After the Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney joint-venture, Xindong helped was the lead architect in the redesigning and rebuilding of the service central website and the asset allocation center. In 2012, Xindong joined the Technology team at SumRidge Partners.
Yun has a Masters in Information Systems and over fifteen years of experience in software analysis, design, development, testing, and implementation. In 2010, Yun joined SumRidge Partners’ technology team and is responsible for the development of state-of-the-art trading systems, customer relationship management systems, and online reporting applications, as well as the database systems.
Peter brings extensive experience in Network Engineering and Project Management, and is also Network + Certified. Peter is responsible for administration and maintenance of SumRidge’s network, management of network expansion projects, and support of trading and desktop technology.
Yizhou graduated with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Engineering School of NYU, and joined SumRidge Partners after graduation. Yizhou helps to build SumRidge online reporting applications, maintain SumRidge’s network, and support the trading desk.
A Graduate of Concordia College, Chris has been in the industry for 18 years. Chris spent nine years at Merrill Lynch reaching the title of Vice President in their capital markets group. Chris left Merrill to join KBC Financial Products as Senior Vice President running their Fixed Income Operations. In 2010, Chris joined SumRidge Partners, LLC as Head of Operations.
Kim earned a BS in Accounting from Iowa State University in 2012. Kim worked at JP Morgan from 2011 to 2015 as a Cash on Delivery Analyst, Buy-Ins and Fail Control Analyst and DTC Settlements Analyst. Kim brings extensive analytical and quantitative skills to our operations group.
Katherine Shim received her BA in Economics and Psychology at SUNY Buffalo and a MBA in Finance and General Management at Fordham University. After graduating from SUNY Buffalo, Katherine began her career in securities compliance and has worked for a diverse group of companies in the financial services industry. Prior to joining SumRidge Partners, Katherine was employed at Newedge USA, LLC as Director of Compliance and was in charge of its fixed income compliance. Katherine joined SumRidge Partners in 2014 and is responsible for all regulatory related matters.